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The Secret of Happiness

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – The Secret of Happiness “…I do not experience misfortune because misfortune happens when a person seeks his own desires…. I always strive to conform my will to the will of God, and by doing so, I count myself always happy…. more than anything I take care for this, that I would be in union with God and accord with His will.” Excerpted from Instructions

How to Deal with Crisis in a Spiritual Manner

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – How to Deal with Crisis in a Spiritual Manner “…God does not wish to make people suffer, neither does He cooperate with the tribulation which is afflicting us. Hardship, anxiety and suffering never originate from God but are either caused by the devil or by our own actions. Nevertheless, no matter where these come from, the main task is to try to

Without Christ We Are Nothing

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – Without Christ We Are Nothing “…We want to be Christians without Christ, without spiritual sorrow, without lifting the difficult cross, and would rather walk along the wide road. Such false Christians, when you speak to them about a hard and impoverished life, about sacrifice, about asceticism, reply that Christ does not want such things, and that such things are antics….. Whoever loves Christ and His Gospel, loves

Passions

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: Passions “…if we would force ourselves from the start, then with continual labor we would advance little by little and perfect the virtues with ease; because seeing that we are forcing ourselves, God gives us help. And so let us force ourselves, let us make a good beginning, let us fervently desire the good; for although we have not yet attained perfection,

Saint Paisios, +July 12, 1994

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: Saint Paisios, +July 12, 1994 “In every generation God raises up saints, holy men and women whose work especially in this worldly age is to remind us, to show us that there is more to life than the material world around us. Some saints do it by living ordinary lives for God, while others live very extraordinary lives for God. Saint Paisios of

How to Start and End Each Day

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: How to Start and End Each Day “The 4th-century monk [Saint Anthony of Egypt] taught his disciples to keep eternity always in their minds, reflecting on it in the morning and at night.” How to start and end each day, according to St. Anthony of Egypt Adult/Family: “One day, time will run out. Our eyes will not be able to look

On Difficulties in Christian Life: A Mountain Ahead. Hurray?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: Topic of the Week – On Difficulties in Christian Life: A Mountain Ahead. Hurray? “As a rule, when running up against difficulties in our ordinary, daily life, we try to get around them however we can. This is perfectly natural—after all, if we, let’s say, are walking home and on our path is an icy hill, it would be more reasonable to

Why Does the Lord Allow Evil?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: Why Does the Lord Allow Evil? “When the same Abba Anthony thought about the depth of the judgments of God, he asked, Lord, how is that some die when they are young, while others drag on to extreme old age? Why are there those who are poor and those who are rich? Why do wicked men prosper and why are the

“The demons wage a furious war against him who struggles with all his strength,  whereas they are uninterested in the negligent, since they have them at their beck and call; those who want the good find God to be their ally, Who permits wars for our spiritual profit.” 

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – “The demons wage a furious war against him who struggles with all his strength,  whereas they are uninterested in the negligent, since they have them at their beck and call; those who want the good find God to be their ally, Who permits wars for our spiritual profit.” The Evergetinos, Book 1, p246 Adults/Family:  ” ‘The Holy Fathers say (this is how Fr.

Virtue in Sickness

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – Virtue in Sickness On the Purpose of Illness and Its Potential to Protect Us – “If we come to understand the nature of fallen man, we shall be able to learn about ourselves; and we shall be able to know God and worship Him as Creator…” [Our “golden mouth” Saint reminds us that it is our lack of faith in God that causes harm to our souls